Basilica di Santa Giulia

Bonate Sotto, Italy

The Basilica di Santa Giulia is a medieval former church in Bonate Sotto. Built in the early 12th century, only its apse area remain today in a short plain outside the town.

According to local tradition, it would have been founded by St. Julia of Corsica herself, or by the Lombard queen Theodelinda. It is mentioned in a letter from 1129 by Pope Honorius II. An abbey had its centre here, being abandoned together with the church around the 14th century.

The church had a basilica plan, with a nave and two aisles with three apses; the interior was divided into five bays, of which only the last one preceding the apse area survives. The area without the ceiling is now home to a cemetery. The central apse was frescoed in 1795 by the Swiss painters Baldassarre and Vincenzo Angelo Orelli.

Notable are the sculpted capitals, with geometrical, animal or human figures, while the residual exterior decoration include small columns and Lombard bands.

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Founded: c. 1129
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Flaminia Riva (13 months ago)
Posto magico.cattedrale romanica risalente a un periodo tra il 1100 e il 1200 di cui rimane abside.dove c erano le navate ci sono oggi delle tombe.notevole la fattura dei capitelli e di alcune finestrelle dell'abside.l'affresco risale al 1800
Michela Brivio (13 months ago)
Come volare nel passato... Poco conosciuta ma merita
Giuseppe Paris (17 months ago)
Resta solo l'abside, ben conservato. Merita una visita, in primavera o autunno
Sid pelo Mundo (17 months ago)
Uma basílica muito antiga, do século XII, que passou por muitas mudanças no decorrer do tempo, até que 1809 se converteu oficialmente no cemitério local. É um local muito tranquilo e que paira uma verdadeira paz. Ainda acontecem missas esporádicas em seu interior, e conserva detalhes únicos que o tempo não destruiu. O que mais chama atenção é que não possui cobertura, salvo o altar. Para quem visita Bonate Sotto é certamente um local que deve ser visitado.
Nicola Salvi (18 months ago)
È il monumento storico più importante di Bonate Sotto. Oggi fa parte del cimitero comunale, ma un tempo era la basilica di un antico borgo romano distrutto da un terremoto. Ne rimane una piccola porzione perché le pietre sono state usate nel tempo per costruire il campanile e altri edifici. Comunque rimane un importante esempio di romanico lombardo ed è molto affascinante anche grazie all'ambiente campestre e boschivo in cui è inserita. D'estate viene usata come palcoscenico per lettura di poesie, musica e teatro. Non ho dato 5 stelle solo perché ha un grado di conservazione basso quindi si può solo immaginare come fosse in origine
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